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HOUSTON Houston Police are on the lookout for two masked men who terrorized a local couple just blocks away from their home.

The quiet on the corner of Rose and Roy was shattered by the sound of pure fear. Shrill screams from a couple fleeing for their lives.

Ah wow man that s crazy, said Clarence Henderson. Just the sound of it.

That s scary very scary, said Stacey Viviano.

It happened just after midnight Sunday morning as a couple walked home. With less than a block to go, a lightly colored four-door Cadillac sedan pulled up, the door opened and a man with a ski mask pointed a gun right at their heads.

They screamed and fled towards their neighbor s front door. The suspects sped off. Home surveillance cameras were rolling the whole time.

It s pretty shocking especially having a little one to see something like that, said Rice Military resident Kevin Dikes. That can change somebody s life real quick.

Parents in the Rice Military neighborhood are stunned. The brazen hold up happened right across from their child s day care on a street they re counting on to be safe. Now, one man s screams are wiping away that sense of safety.

I can tell you this, I called the police a lot, they probably have my name in their rolodex, said neighbor Alice Smith.

Neighbors said they ve seen an uptick in crime. There have been car break-ins, burglaries and now this brazen robbery attempt at gunpoint.

Whatever they re trying to get out of it, they re going to ruin that couple s life for sure, said Dikes.

Neighbors are relieved the couple in this case wasn t hurt. Now they are banding together to make sure the gun-wielding crooks don t try it again.

It could have been a lot worse, said Dikes. But it s something to think about, in what s generally a pretty nice neighborhood.

The Rice Military neighborhood will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss community issues including ongoing safety issues. It will take place at the DePelchin Center at 7 p.m.

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